Want to get a feel of Downtown Abbey? Welcome to Rocabella, the official second home of Downtown Abbey. The villa stood in for the family’s “Villa of the Doves” in the movie sequel.
Located in the heart of the Port-Cros National Park, the largest marine park in Europe, Rocabella invites you with open arms. This magical setting has everything needed for a fuss-free stay: accommodation, meals, well-being, water and land activities.
For those looking for an inspiring and unusual place for their event be it a birthday party, corporate seminar or a special event, Rocabella is designed to tailor-make ones stay using the full estate. With this offer, guests can benefit from three different houses with a total of 24 rooms that can accommodate up to 42 guests. Each room, in single or double configuration, has its own private bathroom and toilet.
Guests also have access to the large reception areas such as its lobby, lounge with fireplace, library, winter garden, swimming pool (heated from the beginning of May to the end of October), jacuzzi with panoramic views of the Mediterranean, yoga deck, gym, pentaquin court, and Roca Nautique.
The choice is up to the guest how long they wish to stay, it can be for a couple days or full weeks. Throughout July and August, a week minimum applies with full board included, lunch and dinner buffet style.
The villa comes fully staffed with its own chef, maître d’hôtel for service, waitress for breakfast, daily cleaning of rooms and main areas, a Guest Manager at guests disposal to organize guests stay and access to RocaNautic with an instructor, for paddle, wing foil, scuba diving or boat rides. The villa’s pool is open from May to October, with a wonderful jacuzzi facing the sea. For yogis, the villa has its own yoga deck where guests are welcome to have a yoga teacher or personal trainer come over, or plan massages in the comfort of their rooms.
Rocabella was born from the vision of an iconoclastic entrepreneur. During the last decade of the 19th century, a certain Jules Patin relied on technological innovations in metallurgy to achieve a dazzling industrial breakthrough. In 1897, he decided it was time to give a new meaning to his life and dedicated himself to build an exceptional place combining elegance and nature. For his project, he chose Hans-Georg Tersling, princess Eugenie’s favourite architect. Translating the vision of the French entrepreneur, the Danish architect built in 1899 a place that is both neoclassical and romantic, giving the estate its bold and warm character.
Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Rocabella became a popular avant-garde literary and artistic salon. After the Second World War, the estate took an unexpected new direction and was transformed into a vacation center for children. A place of fun and happy memories, Rocabella became an unforgettable destination linked to sea activities. At the turn of 2000, the interior architect Patrice Nourissat fell in love with the place and undertook remarkable artistic work to restore the large historic Villa and its gardens.
Since 2020, JB Rudelle, a serial French Tech entrepreneur, has taken over Rocabella. The objective is to combine this exceptional leisure destination with the original pioneering spirit of its founder. In addition to its traditional touristic activities, the place now also hosts many professional seminars on entrepreneurship and sustainable development. Thanks to a massive investment, major renovation work has been undertaken to provide modern
comfort with an ecological spirit.
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